Medical and aesthetic procedural dermatology recommendations for transgender patients undergoing transition

Nikhil Dhingra, Lauren Meshkov Bonati, Erica B. Wang, Margaret Chou, Jared Jagdeo

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Transgender individuals may transition to their identified gender through social, hormonal, and procedural methods by using a multidisciplinary team of health care providers, including dermatologists. In this review, we discuss the medical and aesthetic dermatologic needs related to the transitioning of transgender patients and provide therapeutic and procedural recommendations. In addition to routine cutaneous conditions, dermatologists may need to treat hormonal therapy–related complications. Acumen for genital dermatology and familiarity with gender reassignment surgery is important for the dermatologist caring for a transgender patient. From a structural standpoint, transgender beauty poses a unique aesthetic task. We identify key differences in the facial structure and physique of males versus those of females. Dermatologists may have a tremendous impact on the lives of transgender individuals who seek to realize their gender identity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019


  • aesthetic dermatology
  • affirmation
  • gender
  • injectable filler
  • neurotoxin
  • transgender
  • transgender dermatology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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